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#1 2013-01-25 22:54:10

MartinRF
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From: Stockholm, Sweden
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BitTorrent Sync

Anyone testing BitTorrent Sync?
I understand it is a BitTorrent-technology-based alternative to DropBox and its ilk.

/Martin

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#2 2013-01-26 00:32:18

mynis01
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From: 127.0.0.1
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Re: BitTorrent Sync

I'll give it a whirl one of these days. It's a pretty cool app in theory, just a zero configuration peer to peer folder syncing mechanism. If it actually works well, then I would use it over dropbox. But since there isn't a central server syncing your files, you would be bottlenecked by the upload speed(s) of the nodes you're syncing your files from.

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#3 2013-01-26 01:50:11

stolid
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Registered: 2012-09-06
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Re: BitTorrent Sync

I'll use it if it's truly P2P and turns out well. Sharing on a LAN would be great (but not if it stupidly requires internet access for a tracker or something). Sharing over the internet might not be ideal, but it wouldn't be much slower than the time it takes to upload to say Dropbox and then have another computer download, since it would be a direct transfer rather than an indirect one like Dropbox (except for LAN sync of course).


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#4 2013-01-26 02:34:49

mynis01
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Re: BitTorrent Sync

stolid wrote:

...it wouldn't be much slower than the time it takes to upload to say Dropbox and then have another computer download, since it would be a direct transfer rather than an indirect one like Dropbox (except for LAN sync of course).

Yeah but, here's an example of when it would be slower:
Scenario A: I stick a file in my dropbox folder. I leave to the coffee shop. By the time I get there, the file is on the dropbox server and downloads quickly to my laptop.
Scenario B: I stick the file in my BTSync folder. I leave to the coffee shop. I have to sit there and wait for my desktop to upload the file over my crappy TWC connection at 45k.

It's still an awesome tool, especially if you value your privacy. And if you have files synced to multiple devices on different connections, they all become seeds in your own private swarm.

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#5 2013-01-26 04:59:52

stolid
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Registered: 2012-09-06
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Re: BitTorrent Sync

mynis01 wrote:

It's still an awesome tool, especially if you value your privacy. And if you have files synced to multiple devices on different connections, they all become seeds in your own private swarm.

Yeah. It's certainly not going to be perfect, but I have enough devices that I could probably get some decent performance out of it. I'll continue to use Dropbox, but probably put more sensitive stuff (security configs, sensitive files) on this to test it out. Whereas I'll keep using Dropbox for mission critical stuff (school assignments) and easy screenshot/file sharing and such.


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#6 2013-01-26 16:11:12

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Re: BitTorrent Sync

Although it talked about as an alternative to Dropbox, it does seem to have a far different target audience. Whereas it is good for syncing files between devices, Dropbox can be used as a cloud backup.

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